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    Southchurch Hall Park & Museum

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Southchurch Hall

    Favorite thing: Southchurch Hall museum is housed in the half-timbered medieval manor house, which dates to the early 14th century. The house was restored in the late 1920s, having been purchased by Thomas Dowsett and presented to the town for use as a museum or library. For many years the Hall was used as a branch library but, was converted to museum use.

    It is now laid out in a series of period rooms, the great open hall reflecting life in the later middle ages. The solar wing displays life in Tudor and Stuart times, while the service wing is devoted to domestic life through several centuries. On the first floor is a Victorian bedroom.

    An ideal setting for discovering what life was like in medieval, Tudor and Stuart and Victorian times, educational groups make constant use of the Hall throughout the year. Visitors are encouraged to touch and handle many of the items in the great hall, which are used in the exciting and varied educational work of Southchurch Hall.

    On entering the Hall, set at the centre of a small park, it is difficult to remember that you are in the middle of large modern town. This is especially the case when you are greeted at the entrance by Sir Robert, our very own Tudor lord of the manor.

    Fondest memory: This museum and the park which surrounds it has many bird wildlife. I used to be such a frequent visitor that the ducks and geese used to follow me around endlessly even when I had run out of bread to feed them. I used to sit and paint water colours here during my school holidays. I love this park.

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    Cork & Cheese

    by gabriellefox Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Cork & Cheese

    Favorite thing: The Cork & Cheese was one of my favourite pubs. It is based in the confines of Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre.

    Fondest memory: I started drinking in this pub whilst I was a student. The Cork & Cheese might not be much to look at from the outside, but step inside and you’ll be glad you did. This great pub is the proud winner of the CAMRA’S South East Essex pub of the year 2002, due to its welcoming atmosphere and wonderful selection of real ales that change on a regular basis

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    Neighbouring Parishes

    by PeterVancouver Updated May 29, 2013

    Favorite thing: Although everyone talks of Southend on Sea it is made up and adjoins a number of local Parishes.

    From the entrance of the Thames within the jurisdiction of Southend and following the river upwards towards London, is

    1 Shoeburyness
    2 Thorpe Bay ( with Southchurch to the north)
    3 Southend
    4 Westcliff on Sea / Chalkwell (Eastwood to the north)
    5 Leigh on sea ( with Belfairs to the north)

    With the Thames along the whole of its southern boundary, the more populated areas to the north are Rochford (including Southend airport) Eastwood and further to the north, Hockley

    I have added the towns of Rochford and Hockley on their individual pages and having mentioned Belfairs, combined with my page of the cockleboats of Leigh during WWII, the two items came together quite well

    I attended Belfairs High school and sadly I was here in Canada during the last reunion, after which the old school was demolished (not due I may add to the old boys making off with bits of the school as mementos) and out of which, rose the Belfairs Academy. Having just been writing on my Leigh on sea page about the cockboats being used in the evacuation of Dunkirk, I was pleased to see that Belfairs academy has named three of its colleges after three Leigh Dunkirk Little Ships; Endeavour, Resolute and Defender.

    Fondest memory: I spent the first twenty years of my life in Southend (well technically in Westcliff) as a kid attending Earls Hall Junior school and Belfairs High School. As a teenager, most memories revolve around the seafront in Westcliff / Chalkwell, where on a hot summers day, huge groups of us boys and the local girls would gather on the beach mainly to chat up the opposite sex, but would somewhere along the line manage to get some swimming in as well to cool down. The Council had a raft floating off the beach which could be a real struggle to get to when the tide was running I recall. Fishing off the pier and mainly catching crabs, and endless times on the Golden Mile or the Kursaal, feeding pennies into slot machines as a pretense to eyeing up the girls who had come to Southend for their school holidays.

    My first real job was a Police Cadet in Southend Constabulary and for a short while, a "Bobby" at a time prior to the pedestrian areas of the town being developed, so spent a good part of my days standing in all the car fumes attempting to direct traffic near to Victoria Railway station in Southend. Nearby was the Southend Arcade as it was in those days, which was a warren of tiny stores in semi darkness around Victoria Circus/ Southchurch Road.

    After a few years, I returned for a couple of years to Southend around 1972, where we set up our first office in Alexander St (right next to the old police station and Court House which had previously been demolished for a car park opposite the cinema) as a fledgling import/export office prior to moving to Braintree and ultimately Colchester before leaving for Canada.

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    U C

    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This photo was taken in Southend-on-Sea. This tip is under construction and would be complete soon with complete commentary.

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    by Imbi Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This photo was taken in Southend-on-Sea. This tip is under construction and would be complete soon with complete commentary.

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